Album that changed my life: Lit — A Place in the Sun

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Album that changed my life: Lit — A Place in the Sun by Amber Chisholm

Grunge. Alternative. Pop-punk. Country rock. Metal. Classic. No genre of music serves as my exclusive favorite, though any type of rock ’n’ roll suits me well.

No decade of music is my particular favorite either, as I was exposed to and took interest in examples from the 1950s to present day, all throughout my younger years. 

I enjoy knowing the names and years of past albums as well, but the album that has changed my life, so far, would have to be Lit’s “A Place in the Sun” (1999).

Despite the fact that it holds the same name as the 1951 film starring Elizabeth Taylor and a Tim McGraw album from the same year, learning that it was released around the time I turned 1 is intriguing, as is most of its singles, including “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Zip-Lock,” and “Miserable,” which were popular before and after the new millennium. 

Listening to an album that is slightly younger than myself, I cannot help but think back to the popular culture and lifestyles of that time, despite the fact that I was too little to know.

My brother being still in the womb and two of my cousins graduating high school is another consideration.

However, when it comes to being personal, lesser known tracks like “Perfect One,” “Down,” and “Lovely Day” are most special to me because, while any song is supposed to reflect powerful emotion, these songs represent some of my latent yet strongest desires, as in to be desired, to relax, to have fun and sometimes a combination of all three.

With pounding drums, along with moving guitar riffs and vocals, most of the tracks are heartfelt, desperate, immature, and all-around exciting, for me at least. This also applies to the last track, which holds the album’s name.

I have played each of the 12 songs for my father as he patiently listened and answered my questions — most of which were about his opinions and visualizations, and most of which were positive and creative. But understandably, as someone who grew up in the 1980s, he never became fully convinced of its value.

After asking people who were either teens or young adults around the time of its release if they know or remember its hits, many are either confused or unaware.

Though the band and each of its albums seem to have disappeared quietly into the shadows of time and interest, my imagination and lust for life both feel perpetual during and after listening to just one song from it. 

Trying to stay grounded, I still picture myself as a popular, influential and often edgy figure and have been since familiarizing myself with the album since my sophomore year at Edinboro.

Built on the foundations of hedonism and identity crises, nothing unusual in a post-1960s world, “A Place in the Sun” holds a place in my mind, body and heart and is one that, while not particularly popular nowadays, I could never deviate from, even through my “miserable” times.

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